Tuesday, March 1, 2016

What is Conditional Admission in the USA?

By Brittney Bodden
World Education Services

Are you an international student interested in applying to a U.S. University but your TOEFL or IELTS score doesn’t meet the language requirements? Don’t worry, you may have options available.

Many colleges and universities in the U.S. offer conditional admissions to undergraduates, graduates, and transfer students. These conditional admissions are available for a variety of reasons, including granting extra time to international students to improve their English skills.

What is conditional admission?

Conditional Admissions, sometimes known as Provisional Admissions, may be offered to International students who are academically qualified for admissions to a University but need extra assistance with their English proficiency. Once all requirements are successfully fulfilled, you will be offered full admissions. Not all Universities offer conditional admissions, so it’s vital that you research carefully.

Although your status is conditional, it doesn’t affect applying for funding, applying for a student visa, or student housing.

General steps to apply for conditional admissions:

Step 1: Apply to a US College or University. Remember, the documents you must provide will vary depending on the university and level of study, so be mindful of the terms and conditions for conditional admissions. Also, be aware of the time limit the university sets for your conditional admission!

Step 2: Once you receive your conditional admissions letter, your school may require you to complete an Intensive English Program (IEP) or other requirements. These programs are designed to help students become proficient in English, a skill necessary for succeeding in and out of the classroom. One way to improve a language is to speak it to friends and others around campus. Don’t be afraid to practice with others; your ability to read, write, and talk to others is a learning experience.

Step 3: Once the criteria for admission requirements have been fulfilled, contact the admissions person in charge of your status to update and confirm your admissions from conditional to full-time.

Some universities to consider:

If you are interested in conditional admissions for international students, these universities are a good starting point:

Albright College
American University
Augustana College

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